Well it’s certainly been a busy few weeks!
According to the scales I’m back up to (actually above!) my pre-expedition-preparation weight and feeling much better.
Training has started now on a slightly different challenge, Robert Carey and I are both taking part in the Great North Run to raise funds for The Calvert Trust Kielder and we’re in the process of setting up a sponsorship page so watch this space!
The Calvert Trust have been supported by the SouthPoleAdventure team for 6 months and we’re keen to keep the momentum going for donations to this fantastic cause.
Currently we’re comfortably running 6km and, with the weather forecast for Newcastle not being *too* torrential, we’re looking to push both the distances and our speed. The Great North Run is on the 16th September so we’ll be bringing you more training updates and information on how to sponsor us.
In addition to running again (the first exercise I’ve taken since returning to the UK) we also decided to test our endurance in anticipation of future challenges. This saw us on a roadtrip to the Yorkshire Dales last week and the hard slog that is the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
Determined to prove that I didn’t leave all my fitness in Antarctica, I was adamant we’d complete the challenge in 10 hours, rather than the required 12. Fortunately Robert (bored without Antarctic mapping to occupy him) was happy(ish) to humour me.
Despite an accidental 30minute lie in we set off up Pen-y-ghent in good spirits and straight into an orographic stratus! Despite low cloud, escapee sandwiches and nearly getting blown off the top of Whernside, we finished the 38.5km challenge aching but happy in 9hours 21minutes!
This was an interesting challenge, especially as it was a spur of the minute plan and we were both incredibly short on training, but it bodes well for future challenges (watch out for updates coming soon) that I appear fully recovered from Antarctica!
Many thanks for reading,